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Posted on: May 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] River City wins Telly Awards for social media

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River City TV announced today its live video coverage of the tornado that touched down in Danville, Virginia on April 15, 2018, has been named “Best Use of Live Video” in the Social Media category in the 40th Annual Telly Awards. The City’s Government Access Channel also picked up an award for “Best Use of Social Video” in the general news and information category.

The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed and A&E Networks.

“River City TV is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing,” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators and a celebration of the diversity of work being made today for all screens.”

 “We are so excited to be recognized by the Telly Awards for our dedication to providing the citizens of our region timely information on happenings in our community through our live social media presence,” commented Mark Aron, Multimedia Manager for the City of Danville, Virginia. “To stand alongside media giants such as CNN and other major news outlets and affiliates around the world in accepting these awards is humbling.”

Today’s winner’s announcement caps a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Telly Awards. Throughout 2018-2019, The Telly Awards celebrated four decades of honoring the video and television industry, whether through its inaugural international screening series or its online video interviews with industry experts. This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories further to the awards’ recent initiative to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. New categories included serialized Branded Content and expanded Social Video categories. 

 Last year, The Telly Awards attracted more than 12,000 entries from top video content producers including Condé Nast, Netflix, Refinery29, RadicalMedia, T Brand Studio, and Ogilvy & Mather.

 The full list of the 40th Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at

 River City TV is the City of Danville’s Government and Educational Access Channel and has been in operation since 2005.  In recent years, the channel has expanded its operations to include a large social media presence with close to 20,000 followers on Facebook.  The awards announced today are a reflection of the commitment of Danville City Council and City Manager Ken Larking to the importance of transparency in local government as well as providing the citizens with as much information as possible through a variety of avenues.

About the Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include IFP, NAB, StudioDaily, Stash Magazine, StudioDaily, Storyhunter, ProductionHub, The Wrap Pro, the VR/AR Association and Digiday.

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